Stars: ** 1/2
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and crude humor
Run Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Jennifer Aniston may be the most overexposed celeb of the year (high-profile divorce, public cleansing, four films in the can in ’05) but she’s the best thing about this lightweight and all-too-tidy romantic comedy.
Sarah Huttinger, an urban professional with a cold feet engagement en route to
at her dad’s swanky
Not surprisingly sleuthing Sarah uncovers some information she’d rather not; a week before her wedding her mother had slept with a man who had also slept with her grandmother and whose story was the juicy gossip that spawned the book and the movie “The Graduate”.
Koo-koo-ka-choo Mrs. Robinson. That gossipy tidbit may be the piece of the puzzle that Sarah needs to quell her inner demons. To put her mind at ease she looks up the alluring lothario who charmed her female forebears; one Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), a wealthy adventurer with a taste for exploration of all kinds.
Sarah’s dilemma is crystal clear: should she confront Beau about her dubious genealogy or just put it in the pantry with her cupcakes?
Aniston’s a cutie; charmingly befuddled and blessed with a solid sense of comic timing. Costner brings his good stuff while Ruffalo is forced into the role of cuckolded support system and borderline chump.
classic Rob Reiner (“The American President”, “Sleepless in